Mission Statement

Creative Horizon’s vision is to have a loving, nurturing and educated staff who partner with parents to help children develop the life skills and education needed in order to have a positive role in the community.

 

 

Infant & Young Toddler Program

0-17 months
Child to staff ratio is 4:1

 

Infants

Infants are encouraged to explore their environment; they will experience many activities that help them develop a sense of self and the world around them through floor time, one-on-one communication with feeding, changing, rocking and other interaction with caregivers and peers.

 

Mobile infant room

(About 9-18 months)

This is an important time for them to develop:

  • Large motor skills such as crawling, walking, and climbing.
  • Small motor skills like picking up toys and food.
  • Early literacy skills by reading books and repeating words. Building brain connections is very important at this age

OUR GOALS

 for your Infant/ Young Toddler at Creative Horizons

We want every infant and toddler to feel safe and secure at Creative Horizons.   So of course, we first need to meet their physical needs!  Babies need to be clean and dry, have plenty of nutritious and familiar things to eat and they need to be warm and to feel safe and loved. They need to sleep when they are sleepy and eat when they are hungry and be cuddled for an unlimited amount of time each day! This is the basis of our philosophy for our infants and young toddlers!

But this is just the beginning. . . . . this is just meeting their physical needs.  We also want our little ones to grow intellectually and emotionally. We want them to learn words and language, to recognize faces and people, to sing and love music, to socialize and learn to play ad get along with others and to reach their full potential in every way!

Our owner/director, Ann Lynch, is in this business because she loves the children and because their well-being is as important to her as it is to you.  Ann decided a long time ago that her life’s work was to provide care and education for the children of Helena. With a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Ann is known throughout Montana for her dedication to quality care. Creative Horizons is one of the few Early Childhood Centers in Helena that participates in the Child Care Nutrition Program. This program requires that all meals & snacks meet the highest nutritional standards. Creative Horizons provides formula and baby food, insuring that each baby’s nutritional needs are consistently met.

WELCOME TO CREATIVE HORIZONS, WHERE YOUR CHILD’S WELL-BEING IS OUR LIFE’S WORK!

 

 PLAYTIME at CREATIVE HORIZONS

 

Infants and young toddlers need a variety of age-appropriate toys and materials that they can manipulate and play with at will. At Creative Horizons we choose activities carefully to strengthen fine motor control while encouraging and reinforcing important skills.

For infants we have grasping toys, busy boxes, nested cups, containers to fill and dump, soft blocks to stack, stacking rings and various nesting toys.

We choose babies and toddlers toys carefully so that they are challenging but not frustrating. We check materials frequently to see that they are safe and in good repair. Our goal is for our little ones to have the very best!

 

FINE MOTOR PLAY

 

Infants and toddlers need a variety of age-appropriate toys and materials that they can manipulate and play with at will. At Creative Horizons we choose activities carefully to strengthen fine motor control while encouraging and reinforcing important skills.

For infants we have grasping toys, busy boxes, nested cups, containers to fill and dump, soft blocks to stack, stacking rings and various nesting toys.

We choose babies and toddlers toys carefully so that they are challenging but not frustrating. We check materials frequently to see that they are safe and in good repair. Our goal is for our little ones to have the very best!

 

 Creative Horizons Daily Schedule

A Day in the Infant Room At Creative Horizons

A typical day for your infant at Creative Horizons is full of food and fun, music and movement, cuddles with the teachers and lots of time for toys and play!  We have rattles and drums, shakers and streamers, puppets and balls, blocks and books and soft and squishy toys to play with.

Every baby is different! We specialize in getting to know each baby and learning what their needs are.  Some babies like long naps, wake up slowly and enjoy quiet feeding time. Others are more rambunctious, need shorter naps and need that bottle immediately when they awaken!  S o as you visit our infant room you will see nappers napping, hungry tots eating, and energetic and happy crawlers exploring a colorful and fun-filled environment. All these things are normal. You will rarely see all of the babies napping or all the  babies awake.

In nice weather the babies enjoy being outside. When our Montana weather turns cold, we open the curtains and let the sunshine in, playing music and entertaining the babies with finger-plays, puppets and other fun-filled large motor activities.

We sing and chant with the babies throughout the day: during  hand washing, diaper changes, and soft humming during a bottle feeding. Music helps to set a happy mood for the class! When energy is high, calm classical music helps calm restless ones. When children are bored or need a change of pace, upbeat children's’ songs help.

The words that come to mind when we step inside our infant room are calm, clean, colorful and cheerful!

 

Creative Horizons Class Schedule 

Younger Toddler Class

 The Chipmunk Room Daily Schedule

 

 

  7:30 – 8:30 Good Morning, cuddles with our teachers, choose table activities or activity centers or soft toys.

8:15 – 8:30 Clean up and get ready for Breakfast – Diaper/Potty time - Wash Hands!

8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast with our friends

9:00 – 9:30 Sensory Activities, Cuddle time with our Teachers, Quiet Playtime              

9:30 – 10:00 Diaper time, drinks of water, one-on-one time with our teacher

10:00 – 10:15 Activity of the Day

10:15 – 10:45 Outside Play or Inside Circle Games and Musical Activities

10:45 – 11:00 Clean up, Wash hands and get ready for lunch (Diapering as needed)

11:00 – 11:30 Lunch with our friends

11:30 – 11:45 After Lunch clean up. Diaper changes and hand-washing

11:45 – 2:00 Nap time with quiet music and lullabies

2:00 – 2:30 Diaper changes and early snack begins for children who wake early

2:30 – 3:00 Snack continues as children wake up, free play with fun toys

3:00 – 3:30 Snack time with our friends

3:30 – 4:00 Outside Play/Inside Circle Games, Musical Activities (Diapering as needed)

4:00 – 4:15 Light snack and water

5:00 – 5:15  Cuddle with our teachers and get ready to go home.

5:15 – 5:30 Time to go home!    

 

HEALTH PRACTICES AT CREATIVE HORIZONS

We know that hand washing is the single most important thing we can do to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Adult caregivers and children wash hands frequently throughout the day. Caregivers wash their hands when they enter the room, when returning from a break, or just getting supplies from another room. And of course they wash before and after meals ad after diaper changing or dealing with bodily fluids, such as wiping noses or cleaning “spit-up”.

Kids hands are washed before and after sensory and messy play, after coming in from outside, and after diaper changes and potty time.

Toys and tables are sanitized regularly. Noses are wiped promptly and tissues are NOT shared.  All dirty surfaces are cleaned with sanitizer.

All beds, cots, and sleeping surfaces are assigned to one child, and not shared. Likewise, blankets and bedding are assigned to one child at a time and never shared. Linens and blankets are laundered weekly or more often as necessary.                                                                                          

We post illnesses that are confirmed ad call parents to pick up children that are ill, to avoid the spread of disease and viruses.

 

SAFETY PRACTICES AT CREATIVE HORIZONS

Protecting children is critical in providing quality care.  At Creative Horizons we work hard to minimize hazards both inside and out. Teachers are trained to anticipate potential safety problems and demonstrate and teach children safe practice.

We make sure there are enough staff present to supervise children safely during “rowdy” activities as well as quiet play.  Children are never left unsupervised.   Staff stay close to children while they are eating new foods. Bottles are never propped and of course infants are always held during feeding.

At Creative Horizons we hold regular fire and emergency drills. All staff receive ongoing training in what to do in an emergency. First Aid kits are available in each classroom and our caregivers are trained in first aid as well as CPR.

 

Meals and Snacks at Creative Horizons

 

 Our kids love their delicious meals at Creative Horizons. We are proud to be one of the very few Child Development Centers in Helena that participates in the Child Care Nutrition Program, a federal program that helps us by carefully monitoring and approving every item of food that we serve. All meals and snacks are approved by a nutritionist, and tested by kids make sure it taste good! It’s important that children eat familiar foods, this helps them to feel at home here, but equally important is the fact that we carefully introduce new taste experiences to students, and encourage everyone to try different and new foods.

Menus are always available on the front counter, you will always know what your child is eating every day, for every meal and every snack!

Our breakfasts include Oatmeal, French Toast, Strawberry Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs and Cheerios and Fruit. Breakfast always includes fruit or fruit juice and Milk. We never serve artificial juice drink. When we say juice, we mean 100% fruit juice!

Our lunches are designed to fill hungry tummies and to provide necessary nutrients for growing bodies. Beef Spaghetti and Macaroni and Cheese with Ham are big favorites, but our kids also love Chicken Noodle Soup loaded with vegetables, Bean and Cheese Burritos and Chicken Quesadillas, to name just a few. Fruit and Vegetables are served with every lunch, as is milk.

Afternoon snack is vital, since play is hard work!  All the kids  love our Blueberry Smoothies, Trail Mix & String Cheese with Crackers. Our kids get a variety of different foods. We prepare enough food so that everyone gets plenty!